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    About the AuthorThe film adaptation of the hit play The Lady in the Van is out now in the UK.Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for the Best New Play and the South Bank Award. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre's most successful production ever. His collection of prose Writing Home was a number one bestseller. Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.
    Author 1Alan Bennett
    FormatHardcover
    Edition NumberMain Edition
    Editorial ReviewBeautiful and filthy -- Simon Hattenstone Guardian Smut offers plenty of Bennett's trademark pleasures... consistently amusing and full of witty turns of phrase -- Sarah Churchwell Guardian Amusingly peculiar... tender and comic... joyous anarchism... It is good, old-fashioned British humour with the lightest of subversive twists. -- Arifa Akbar Independent Artfully entertaining... The stories have a dark, knowing shrewdness about erotic mischief, young and old... As always the writing is tonally perfect, laced with deadpan as well as bedpan comedy. -- Simon Schama FT All Bennett's work seems to me a dreamy evocation of an imaginary world in which he'd like to dwell, full of jokes and queerness. These days, he seems to be getting steadily smuttier, ever more disinhibited. But more strength to his elbow, I say. -- David Sexton Evening Standard Marinated in subtleties. He's never as simple as he likes to appear ... That peculiarly British maladroitness - the perennial blush, wince and averted eye - and how adroitly it is grappled with, can make for great storytelling -- John Sutherland The Times Hilarious The Times In these two stories he applies his elegant literary gifts to his territory with the unabashed glee of one watching Benny Hill getting it on with Anita Brookner ... Bennett's talent for the honed quip is securely in place -- Adam Lively Sunday Times Unmitigated delight -- Christina Hardyment The Times Alan Bennett continues to surprise and delight -- John Banville Sunday Telegraph You can always rely on Alan Bennett to capture the intricate nuances of English Life and his latest offering is no exception Good Housekeeping Smut, the perfect title for this elegant little volume, is exactly what the stories are about. On a wider scale, however, they expose the hidden foibles of human nature in a way that is witty and wise but always acutely observed The Age, Australia Both stories are nearly structured by a master storyteller Canberra Times, Australia Smut is vintage Bennett, especially the voice, so unremittingly lugubrious that, by comparison, his legendary Eeyore impersonation sounds blithe -- Sue Arnold Guardian Unmistakably Bennett ... very funny -- A N Wilson Reader's Digest Touching, human and very, very funny Sunday Times Small but perfectly formed ... will have you chortling dirtily The Lady Hugely entertaining ... an absolute joy Radio Times Exploding with peepholes and post-coital custard creams -- Camilla Long Sunday Times Joe Orton under the influence of Sheridan, with a faint hint of Hylda Baker Daily Telegraph Radio Review He writes about completely ordinary people, middle- and working-class, from drab places. He knows them. He grew up in Leeds; his father was a butcher. Again true to his native literature, he is almost always interested in morals, and in the difficulty of being good. Finally, like so many of his countrymen, he is a master satirist ... Bennett is casting a vote for women and, most touchingly, for people who are no longer young -- Joan Acocella New Yorker Bennett delivers ... with great finesse -- Joan Acocella New Yorker
    LanguageEnglish
    Number of Pages180
    Publication Date1/5/2011